land harps (exhibition)

landharps

You are cordially invited to the exhibition of my recent project – Land Harps. The exhibition at the Rochester Art Center will be on view from October 17 – December 7th, 2014.

The Land Harps project revolves around sculptures that enable the landscape to create sound compositions. Originating from pictorial ideas cultivated in drawings and paintings, the project has always been simultaneously thought of as an installation as well as an instrument. Secured to a sturdy form in the landscape, the walnut body of the instrument is outfitted with tuning machines and an internal piezo contact microphone. Piano wire is strung from the body of the instrument and secured to the bottom of a creek bed where the current of the water vibrates the strings at different pitches depending on the line tension, speed of the water and if anything happens to come in contact with the wires. As recordings progress, the current of the creek gradually alters the tuning of the instrument, producing subtle variations in tone and results in an overall composition. The resulting work is a contemplation within the constant flux of landscape, a study of its pacing and intervals.

Opening reception: Friday, October 17 | 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk: Thursday, November 13 | 7 pm

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 282-8629
info@rochesterartcenter.org

http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/david-andree/

the river makes its own refrain

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condition: (as determined by the twenty-ninth junto project) make a field recording of source material that involves running water to act as a foundation for a sound work providing both rhythmic and melodic material. add elements and treatments to the foundation recording, with the intention of highlighting the water’s internal sense of rhythm and melody, while keeping the original recording recognizable. duration should be between 2 and 4 minutes.

process: melodic content was produced from a field recording of a river as the only source material using a resonant filter and reel to reel tape loops. the recording documents the gradual removal of elements allowing different elements to surface.

a very early summer

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condition: (as determined by the eleventh junto project) make a field recording of a rhythmic sound. use this recording as the main rhythmic element in your track while adding any additional elements. duration should be between 2-5 minutes.

process: field recording made of the asynchronous rhythms of passing traffic from under a freeway overpass in minneapolis, mn. additional performances of acoustic guitar and violin were added in two passes (one for each instrument), recorded on to 4-track open reel tape.

for field recording, acoustic guitar, violin, spring reverb and tape loops

gather, response

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condition : (as determined by the fifth junto project) make a field recording from everyday life and use the recording as a foundation for a composition layering additional sounds, 3-5 minutes in length, while keeping the original recording discernible in the final mix.

location : mississippi river lock and dam, upper st. anthony falls, minneapolis, minnesota. the original field recording was captured while traversing the terrain starting at an elevated out-skirt and ending at a melting block of ice and snow draining at the river basin. i am first familiar with the space from drawing and painting on site. there are pockets of dynamic spaces tucked around the architecture of the facility filled with trees, river shore, mud, sand and coarse rock. the sounds-cape of the location is equally rich, with man-made sounds of nearby traffic and the drone of the turbines contrasting more natural aspects such as falling water, melting ice, birds and diverse terrain underfoot.

intent : my initial aim with the work was to allow the shifting diversity of the location and presence of the original field recording to stay paramount, while adding additional melodic and textural elements to further articulate the already present tension and atmosphere.

process : after the field recording was collected and put down as a foundation, additional improvisations were woven throughout by multi-tracking on open reel tape in the following order:

1 : harmonium, closed tape loop
2 : acoustic guitar, closed tape loop
3 : acoustic guitar, rubber mallet, tape feedback + closed tape loop
4 : contact mic surface, toy bird call, multi-rods, glass slide, breath

falling snow, frozen treetops

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1-minute video with audio captured in minneapolis, mn on november 13, 2010 as part of the simultania project (a collaborative event where people from all over the world film and record sound during the same 1-minute-moment in time)

note: shortly after the 30-second mark, there is a cracking in the distance to the right – this was a tree that had collapsed off-camera under the weight of the falling snow. the sound of the tree hitting the ground must have been muffled by the blanket of already accumulated snow.

an unlikely collaboration

i made a field recording while walking the entire length of the market in downtown minneapolis today – passing people, traffic and the occasional street musician. when i later listened to the playback of the recording, i became interested in the passing moments of a hammered dulcimer and a saxophone player. working with the limitation of leaving elements of their original performances intact, i wanted to see how i could resolve their two performances into a musical composition.

the following is live processing the single field recording into a collaboration of sorts

live processing for field recording, hammered dulcimer, saxophone and laptop